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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short ‘God is the Bigger Elvis’

Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in “Loving You” and Jim Hutton (Tim’s Dad) in “Where the Boys Are,” made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO’s documentary short nominee “God is the Bigger Elvis.” But you wouldn’t recognize her as the lithe starlet who left Hollywood almost 50 years ago  at age 24 to find peace and fulfillment in a life devoted to the love of God.

After meeting the Pope and visiting Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethelehem, Connecticut, Hart walked away at the height of her fame to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. She now runs the convent as Mother Prioress Dolores. On the Oscar red carpet, I asked her if being in front of the cameras again was like a moth to flame. “When you are an actress, you are always an actress,” she said. “An actor is always looking for the soul of the other person.”

“God Is the Bigger Elvis” will premiere on HBO on April 5. More at the NYT and NBC.

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This is not the first time the Abbey of Regina Laudis generated a film. The 1949 Fox movie, Come to the Stable. starring Loretta Young and Celeste Holm, was based on the founding of that Connecticut monastery. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Actress for Young, and Best Supporting Actress for both Holm and Elsa Lanchester.

In 2003, a PBS documentary, The Cheese Nun; Sister Noella's Voyage of Discovery, profiled the career of Noella Marcellino, a Benedictine nun, microbiologist and expert cheese maker at the Abbey, who traveled the French Countryside in pursuit of native artisanal cheese producers.

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